Tuesday, September 7, 2021
12:00 – 13:00 USA (CEST)

Join us at the virtual English launch of the Decade knowledge exchange Platform: an online, multilingual collaboration space that helps everyone find, share, and produce the knowledge they need to create a world where all people can live long healthy lives.

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Objective(s) of the meeting: 

• Facilitate a cross-sectoral, multistakeholder roundtable reflecting on the importance of knowledge (on action areas and enablers) to realize the potential of the Decade
• Provide a technical overview of the Decade Platform, including its present and future functionalities
• Illustrate how the Decade Platform can meet the knowledge needs of different stakeholders to support their work on fostering healthy aging
• Invite and show participants how they can get involved with the Decade through the Platform
• Maximize awareness, relevance, engagement, and uptake of the Decade Platform in anglophone, francophone, and hispanophone regions and countries

Brief synthesis of the topics: 

Event structure and speakers

Welcome (3 minutes)

  • Speaker: Decade Secretariat representative

Opening remarks on the Decade and the importance of knowledge activity for impact and change through the enablers (6 minutes)

  • Recorded opening statement from UN Secretary-General
  • Recorded opening statements from WHO Regional Directors (AFRO, EMRO, EURO, PAHO, SEARO, WPRO)

Roundtable of prepared short statements on the importance of knowledge and the enablers for the Decade of Healthy Aging  (15 minutes)

  • Member State representatives
  • UN representative
  • Older people / civil society representative
  • Private sector representative
  • Academia representative

Technical overview/demo of Platform, addressing points and knowledge needs raised in roundtable (6 minutes)

  • Platform Administrators

Brief return to roundtable inviting reactions on the Platform; facilitated discussion – potentially drawing on chat questions as topic raisers (20 minutes)

  • Member State representatives
  • UN representative
  • Older people / civil society representative
  • Private sector representative
  • Academia representative
  • Facilitator

Summary of how audience and participants can get involved in the Decade through the Platform (5 minutes)

  • Platform Administrators

Close / Buffer (5 minutes)

Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr Etienne Krug - Director, Department for Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization
  • Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari - Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization
  • Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge - Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization
  • Dr Carissa F. Etienne - Regional Director for the Americas, World Health Organization
  • Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh - Regional Director for South-East Asia, World Health Organization
  • Dr Takeshi Kasai - Regional Director for the Western Pacific, World Health Organization

Roundtable Participants:

  • Dr Jane Barratt (Moderator) - Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing
  • Dr Teiji Takei - Assistant Minister for Global Health and Welfare, Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, Japan
  • Dr Veli-Mikko Niemi - Director General, Department of Communities and Functional Capacity, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Ms Angela Mwai - Chief (a.i.), Human Rights and Social Inclusion, UN-Habitat
  • Ms Caitlin Littleton - Healthy Ageing Portfolio Lead, HelpAge International
  • Ms Kelly McCain - Head of Healthcare Initiatives, World Economic Forum
  • Professor Tracey Howe - Co-Director, Cochrane Campbell Global Ageing Partnership
  • Dr Vivian Welch - Co-Director, Cochrane Campbell Global Ageing Partnership
  • Mr Kazuki Yamada - Administrator, UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Platform, World Health Organization
Life course, Decade of Healthy Aging (2021-2030)
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